Tulane Looking for Improvement

The Tulane Green Wave are in their second season with coach Curtis Johnson and are hoping to take a veteran team with its 16 returning starters and improve. Coach Johnson took over the Green Wave last year from his previous job as the wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints. While there were ups and downs last season, there were times Tulane looked ready to turn the corner. With a little help and some better health, this team looks for improvement this season.

This year Tulane is going to break in a new quarterback in junior Nick Montana, it won’t be a full break in because Montana ran a Saints style offense while he was a quarterback at Mt. San Antonio junior college last year. Yes, this is Joe Montana’s son, so there will be some people quick to put pressure on him to perform. But luckily for Montana, he will have one of the most improved running back corps in the NCAA.

Led by senior running back Orleans Darkwa, who hopes to remain healthy this season. If He can remain healthy, then look for the green wave to lean heavily on him to move the ball if Montana can’t get the passing game going. Luckily for Montana and the Green Wave, they have one of the most experienced receiving corps in Conference USA. That along with one of the most improved O-lines, sets up for good things this season.

On the defensive side of the ball, they are returning seven starters and look to build on the positives of last season. The defensive line looks to be one of the most improved defensive units in FBS, and they will be led by senior Chris Davenport, who is an LSU transfer. Along with the linebackers this could be one of the toughest defensive units that Tulane has had in a long time.

The secondary has been called the strength of this defense by Coach Johnson, but they will have their hands full this year. If this unit can show up game in and game out, then Tulane will be in almost every game they play, but Tulane has some teams who like to throw the ball around on their schedule, so they will be tested every week.

Tulane will be playing its final season in the Superdome, where it has spent the last 38 seasons, and they are hoping to make it a successful end to this chapter in Tulane history. While it looks like the team will looks good, they have a tough schedule and probably won’t achieve what some experts are saying. But Coach Johnson has the green wave trending upward and they could be competitive in another season or two.

8/29-Jackson St. – W
9/7-S. Alabama – W
9/12-At Louisiana Tech – L
9/21-At Syracuse – L
9/28-At Louisiana-Monroe – L
10/5-North Texas- L
10/12-E. Carolina – L
10/26- Tulsa – L
11/2-At Florida Atlantic –¬†W
11/9-At UTSA – L
11/23- Utep – L
11/30- At Rice – L
2013 Record: 3-9

3 thoughts on “Tulane Looking for Improvement

  1. Great post Kody. I was not aware about Joe Montanna’s son. Wish him well…he has big shoes to fill.

  2. How on earth could you call this a tough schedule. If they are *at all* improved they should beat FAU, UTEP at home, North Texas at home. Also you have two wins on the schedule but call it 3-9. Mistakes happen, but attention to detail is important when you are prognosticating some of these smaller teams.

    • My mistake, I fixed the Fla. Atlantic game which they should win. It is a tough schedule because they have to face teams like Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Eastern Carolina and Rice. All of which will be fighting for top spots in their respective divisions. I disagree with your thought of them beating UTEP or North Texas. While neither the Miners and Mean Green are quite juggernauts, they are farther along(in my opinion) to achieving a winning record. I am by no means an expert, I just picked these teams and games based on what I have saw last year and what I have read through the spring. Much like the “experts” who work for ESPN, I am just taking my best guess with these teams. We will all know how these teams shape up after the first two weeks. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and I am open to debating any of my previews anytime. Have a good day.

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